After Hearing This Interview I May Actually Read A Book

March 9, 2009 – 7:00 am by Jimmy Shapiro

NBA Agent David Falk is the author of a new book called “The Bald Truth”.  He’s most famous for being the agent for Michael Jordan and John Thompson and all his Georgetown bigs.  Falk sold his agency and was out of the agent business for awhile.  He recently got back in the game as Elton Brand’s agent. 

David Falk joined the Junkies on WJFK in DC on Friday to discuss the book.  There are some amazing stories in this 25 minute long interview and it’s fascinating to hear him talk about how the agent business has changed especially regarding AAU coaches wanting to get greased.  Here are some highlights.

The story of how Jordan almost never went to Nike:

“If it weren’t for his parents, I’m not sure there’d be an Air Jordan.  He was tired from the Olympics, it had been a long season, and he had been traveling and he really wasn’t interested.  His parents literally forced him to get on the plane.  The funny part is I didn’t know him at all.  I had met him literally twice.  I’m watching him at this meeting and he looked like he was as interested as I would watching paint dry.  When it got all done, I asked what do you think and he said this is awesome, I don’t want to go anywhere else.  You could have blown me over, I was stunned.”

MJ drafting Kwame Brown got brought up as a joke and this is what Falk said:

“That was not his decision.  That was someone else’s decision.  Kwame Brown was the first high school player ever drafted (#1 overall) and certain people in the organization thought that would have tremendous promotional value on ticket sales.” 

On who Michael Jordan really wanted:

“Michael wanted Elton Brand.  They wanted to make a trade, he wanted to bring in Elton Brand.”

On the NBA agent business these days:

“The system is corrupted right now.  It’s corrupted for a number of reasons.  The union who regulates the agents, the NBA Players Association, needs to do a dramatically better job then they’re doing.  With the Mayo situation, they slapped the guy on the wrist, you know he was at the All-Star game, it was a joke.  That guy should be decertified for what he did.”

Listen to David Falk with the Junkies on WJFK in DC

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  1. 9 Responses to “After Hearing This Interview I May Actually Read A Book”

  2. I dont believe it.
    I think Jordan wanted Kwame his agent is just trying to cover for him

    By Swinton on Mar 10, 2009

  3. Michael Jordan is God.

    By MJS biggest fan on Mar 10, 2009

  4. Man, I can’t wait for the Spike Lee documentary on MJ. If you search in our archives for Spike Lee, you can hear the interview. So much stuff about MJ that’s going to come out over the years. Going to be awesome. Good and bad.

    By Bunk on Mar 11, 2009

  5. Why would Falk need to ‘COVER’ for MJ? It’s not like people think less of MJ for drafting Kwame Brown. It’s not MJ’s fault Brown turned out to be a dud! What exactly is his agent trying to ‘Cover’??

    By Kam on Mar 11, 2009

  6. It was no one in that organizations fault. Pretty much every team would have selected Kwame first that was drafting that year

    By BQ on Mar 11, 2009

  7. BQ….that is the most intelligent comment i’ve heard in years. kwame was touted as a #1 player out of high school…..some of the NBA teams tried to trade for the #pick to pick up Kwame… why does people Jordan made a mistake. Brown made the MISTAKES, he didnt try to fulfil his potential. I mean at some point, the person (player) has to accept some blame.

    By whocares on Mar 11, 2009

  8. Bring back the NBA on NBC!!!

    By Zhen Joing on Mar 13, 2009

  9. hmm… amazing ))

    By RomoClawl on Apr 16, 2009

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